METCALF, Victor Howard

METCALF, Victor Howard
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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METCALF, Victor Howard, a Representative from California; born in Utica, Oneida County, N.Y., October 10, 1853; attended the public schools of Utica, and was graduated from the Utica Free Academy in 1871, from Russell's Military Academy, New Haven, Conn., in 1872, and from the law department of Yale College in 1876; was admitted to the Connecticut bar in June 1876 and to the New York bar in 1877, and commenced practice in Utica, N.Y., in 1877; moved to Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., in 1879 and continued the practice of law; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, and Fifty-eighth Congresses and served from March 4, 1899, until his resignation July 1, 1904; appointed Secretary of Commerce and Labor by President Theodore Roosevelt and served from July 1, 1904, to December 16, 1906, when he resigned; appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt Secretary of the Navy December 17, 1906, and served until December 1, 1908, when he resigned; returned to Oakland, Calif., engaged in banking for several years, and then resumed the practice of law; died in Oakland, Calif., February 20, 1936; interment in Mountain View Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Washington, DC
Papers: 1904, 1 item. A letter from Victor H. Metcalf written on July 12, 1904, to Carhart. In the letter, Metcalf thanks Carhart and reminiscences, on letterhead of the Office of the Secretary, Department of Commerce and Labor.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: 1902-1906, 1 portfolio. The portfolio of Victor Howard Metcalf contains letters from Elihu Root, U.S. Secretary of War, and G.L. Gillespie, U.S. Army Engineer, relating to request of San Francisco & Piedmont Railway Company in 1902 to fill in a portion of Yerba Buena. Also included is a letter from Victor Howard Metcalf to Theodore Roosevelt concerning question of segregation of Japanese children in California Public Schools raised by 1894 Treaty with Japan, with a photocopy of President Roosevelt's reply.
Papers: In the William S. Harlow papers, 1885-1904, 3 volumes. Correspondents include Victor Howard Metcalf.
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